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Growing our Celtic Cities in the Climate Crisis

Causeway and Jacobs are pleased to be launching a series of events to collaboratively approach addressing the Climate Crisis amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the first being a webinar on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland have aspirations and plans to continue to grow their respective economies, within the ever growing climate and Covid-19 crisis. These challenges are particularly pronounced in our four largest cities of Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow

The climate crisis has never had such a profile and immediacy than at this time, and the public sector has a key role to play in identifying development and investment opportunities in publicly owned infrastructure to provide the landscape for decarbonising our cities. We now also have the challenge of recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic in a way that regenerates the economy, whilst at the same time captures some of the behavioural and sustainability benefits that have emerged due to the current restrictions on travel and business. 

Bringing together our Celtic cities 


At Causeway, we believe that there is a real opportunity for experts and leaders from across our four largest cities in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland to collaborate to develop a joint action plan to tackle our biggest challenges. By working together, each city can share experiences in areas that they are taking a lead on whilst also learning from each other. The action plan developed during these workshops will be driven by the respective cities.

Our series of events will explore how the four cities can share experiences on the challenges around addressing the climate crisis, while continuing to grow and prosper. The climate within our cities has never had such a profile and immediacy than at this time. We now have the added challenge of Covid-19 and moving forward it will be critically important to capture and maximise the potential environmental / sustainability opportunities emerging from post Covid-19, and how they relate to future themes of:

  • Transitioning to zero carbon energy 
  • Retrofitting Buildings
  • Achieving the balance between brownfield v greenfield development
  • Delivering sustainable transport strategies  

Uniting our Celtic cities to share knowledge and settle shared solutions


Within our Growing our Cities in the Climate Crisis programme of events, we want to bring the four cities together to explore some of the lessons from major global events in history, identify some possible long-term impacts for UK infrastructure, and considers how these impacts may combine into potential future scenarios and suggests some next steps. The challenge is, as ever, assessing which scenario is most likely and how long is the long-term.

The launch webinar for our Growing our Cities in the Climate Crisis series will take place on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Click here for further details and to register >


With the current uncertainty around Covid-19, we are aiming to host smaller city-based or online meetings and workshops to progress discussions from June to August, with the ambition of hosting a face-to-face workshop in Edinburgh in autumn 2020, with a follow-up in Dublin early 2021. These dates are currently tentative.

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Author: Stuart Turnbull

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Stuart Turnbull

Stuart is a Board Member of Causeway and Director of Operations at Jacobs, where he leads the 70-strong transport planning team across Scotland and Ireland. He has extensive experience in leading complex high profile multi-discipline transport planning projects.

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